This is an admonition: Whosoever will, let him take a (straight) Path to his Lord. (Al-Insaan, Verse 29)
Praise be to Allah for blessing us to witness the coming of another year (both on the Islamic calendar and the Gregorian)–it truly is something to be thankful for, because within this passage of time there are many underlying messages that we must pay close attention to. Tonight I look around and I see the same thing: everyone celebrating a New Year. Fireworks were going off, people were drinking and partying, people shouting “HAPPY NEW YEAR!!” at one another. But in a discussion with a friend, we both had the same sentiment: another year has gone by and what do we have to show Allah for it? What have we all done to prove to Allah that we have earned His mercy to enter Paradise? I ask myself this question before I ask anyone else.
This past year has been a major learning experience for me, Al-hamdulilah. I have been blessed with so much and yet I still find time to mope (on occasion). The point is not to reminisce, the point is to realize where did we all fall through the cracks? The Companions of the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to evaluate themselves constantly, so what prevents us from doing the same?
For those who’s soul has returned to their Lord, their time is up; it was written for them to leave this world in the past year and we will all eventually meet the same fate. But the importance of this sign is that those who are still on this Earth still have the time and the ability to change our condition, to change what is within ourselves that forces us to be preoccupied with matters–that well…have no meaning.
This may have not been the most cohesive blog ever, it honestly is not meant to be…It’s 2 am and I’m sleepy :).
Let’s make this a productive year? Insha’Allah.